Sonoma Coast Wine


The Sonoma Coast AVA is an extensive part of Sonoma County, California. It stretches between San Pablo Bay to Mendocino along the Pacific coast, east to the coastal ranges. The climate created by such close proximity to the Pacific Ocean is that of heavy rainfall, cool winds and heavy fog. Most of the vineyards are planted into the ridges, keeping them as far above the fogline as possible as well as maximizing their sun exposure. 
There are certain varietals that respond well to such conditions, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but the region is also known for its Rieslings and Syrah. 
The Fort Ross AVA is included within the Sonoma Coast. 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • heintz

    Heitz Wine Cellars inhabits a pristine valley in the eastern hills of St. Helena known to the loc...

  • Casa de la Cruz

    Casa de la Cruz wines are a companion label of Keller Estate Winery. These lovely entry level Cha...

  • Meeker Vineyard

    Charles and Molly Meeker bought their first vineyard in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley in 1977,...

  • Peter Mathis Wine

    Peter Mathis planted his 7.5 acre hillside vineyard in the Sonoma Valley in 1999 with Grenache, P...

  • Littorai Wines

    All of the process waste from winemaking is recycled through a constructed wetlands system and re...

  • Fort Ross Vineyard

    Nestled on a sunny coastal ridge, overlooking the Pacific Ocean a mile below, our “True Sonoma Co...

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  • Alesia Rhys Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2011


    Slightly murky maroon color. Something of a microbial noseyogurtwith, maybe, some herbaceousness. Very light hit of strawberry on the tip of the tongue. Fairly light bodied. Negligible tannin. Very light acid. Interesting sensation at the back of the palatemelon, as much as anything. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Decoy Zinfandel 2013


    Great Zin. Not to spicy, Lots of plum fruit and chocolate flavors, smooth tannins and a steal from Buckhorn. About $20 on sale. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105

  • @DVOGLER....."The great thing is we all have the freedom to think whatever ... were very nice, not RR or Sonoma Coast, but very, very nice at only $35 a bottle at retail, and less an additional industry discount of 20% made it a steal....for my taste!Lat Read More

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  • Limerick Lane 1023 2012


    Remarkably smooth entry for such a young wine. Black fruit, but it seems watered down. So, it doesnt smack you in the face. There is also an herbal aspect that is, as much as anything, minty. Smoothness fades mid-palate where a combination of tannin, acid and alcohol seem to give it a roughness. I like this wine and am of the opinion that ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • JD, for me these struck a chord.2005 Poderi Aldo Conterno Granbussia, Barolo ... Scherrer Winery Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast2005 Henri Prudhon & Fils Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes2009 Chateau Montelena Chardonn Read More

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  • Nice to see you back here, Joe.I am always nervous about using the word ... ... favorites:  La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay.  This is a widely distributed wine, and it is available in multiple stores near us for under $15.I had a Murphy Goode Liar's Dice Zinfandel a few weeks ago that was, for, again, about $15, pretty goo Read More

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  • Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley 2013


    Wonderful full body. Taste it on the palate, the tongue, and all the way down. Notes of spice,acidity. Read More

    Wine review by tjjm

  • EMark, stick your thumb over the top of the bottle, give it the Molly Dooker ... strawberry abound like in a Sonoma Coast Pinot but there is no mistaking this as anything but Zinfandel with that briary spice. Label says 16.0 but it wears it well. Juicy mid-palate sporting a creamy texture and medium plus body.  The chewy tannins come on late a... Read More

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  • Matanzas Creek Winery Sauvignon Blanc Bennett Valley 2013


    Sawdust aromas immediately on the nose with pencil shavings and nectarine fruit shining through the oaky notes. Highly floral in the mouth, showing a bit of golden berries and pear, and finishing very tartly lemony. Curious and complex and tasty. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Yeah vinOvinO, I bit too. An eclectic mix I think.Cabot Vineyards - Aged Zins ... - Aged Zins ... 2013 Syrah (Sonoma Coast)You'll enjoy the EMH. What vintages did you snag? I have '05, '06, '08, '10 and '12 in the cellar. Drank the '07 a few months bac Read More

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